Cooking a small Christmas dinner this year? Here is your ultimate guide to Christmas Dinner For Two! Christmas menu ideas include recipes for two and small batch recipes of your favorite holiday dishes.
Now that the biggest food holiday of the year is over in the US, it’s time to look forward to celebrating the next big holiday.
Although most people don’t host nearly as many people for Christmas dinner as they do for Thanksgiving, they still have family coming over.
But maybe that’s not you. Maybe it’s only you and your partner. Maybe it’s only you and your roommate. Maybe you’re unable to travel this year. Or maybe you simply don’t have a huge family.
I got you. I’ve been scaling down recipes for years.
You enjoyed my Thanksgiving Dinner For Two so much, I decided to write about Christmas Dinner For Two.
Most of the recipes will look familiar because there is a lot of overlap between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
However, I did swap out most of the desserts for gingerbread, peppermint, and eggnog.
This isn’t meant to be a full menu; rather, I’m giving you choices to pick and choose. It’s like one of those build your own adventures books but with food!
The list of recipes is at the bottom, but here is a break down of Christmas dinner ideas for a small family:
With all of the cooking going on, drinks definitely don’t have to be complicated. In fact, it can be as simple as opening a bottle of wine and pouring.
Not sure about finishing a whole bottle? Most companies now make 4-packs of wine in little bottles, which is about 1-2 glasses.
Not a wine drinker? Serve a sparkling non-alcoholic drink, such as grape or apple juice.
What To Make For Christmas Dinner
Thanksgiving dinner is practically synonymous with turkey, but Christmas main dishes are all about ham and lamb.
Of course ham usually comes in giant sizes. Luckily for us, we can make a honey glazed ham steak recipe so you’re not stuck with 10 pounds of leftovers.
Want to make lamb for Christmas? Make this Lamb Chop Dinner for two complete with a pan sauce on top.
One Cornish hen is enough for two people, although if you have your heart set on chicken pot pie for two, you can always roast two.
Christmas Side Dishes
Personally I think Christmas side dishes are the best part!
As much as it pains me to say this, the best way to keep leftovers to a minimum for two people is limit the side dishes. I know, I know. Blasphemy you say!
The good news is most of these side dish recipes make roughly 4 servings (2 helpings each), so if there are any you don’t make for your Christmas dinner for two, make them throughout the weekend.
Another recipe you can make ahead of time is small batch dinner rolls. Nothing says Christmas dinner for 2 like homemade bread!
Of course no Christmas dinner for two is complete without dessert!
December brings lots of peppermint, gingerbread, and eggnog.
Still want pie but not pumpkin? You can’t go wrong with a classic Small Pecan Pie!